It was a spur of the moment decision to head up to Parry Sound for a few days. We just finished a houseboat project on the Kawartha Lakes, followed by a weekend in a cabin in Port Severn and we just weren’t ready to head home.
Driving north on Hwy 400, we saw the sign for the Parry Sound KOA. We found the campsite just a few kilometers off the highway and stopped in to see what they had available.
We lucked out. This is a multi-award winning property. With plenty of vacancies. It’s Sunday, which means weekend crowd has left and weekday visitors are scarce this early in the season.
There’s some serious weather brewing, so we opted to stay in one of the little cabins instead of the tent site we had thought about. The kids will stay warmer and drier with solid walls.
The cabins are great. As simple as you could find. Four log walls and a roof that overhangs a small porch. Inside, we found a double bed on one side and a set of bunks on the other.
We’ve also got a bar fridge to keep the food cold and a small counter area that I’ve discovered doubles as a great desk. Assuming you brought along a chair. There are no chairs in the cabin. The two on the porch are actually bolted to the deck, so they can’t be moved.
Each cabin has a picnic table and a firepit. Grates are available from the office with a small deposit for cooking. We always have one in our camping tote, so we’ve got that covered.
If tiny cabins aren’t your idea of accommodations, you could see about renting one of their larger cottages. They also have a 35-foot travel trailer for rent.
The Parry Sound KOA has plenty of facilities.
Inside the main building is a general store with the usual KOA branded apparel and souvenirs. Basic snacks and foodstuffs are available. A pool table is available for use during store hours. A small kitchenette with microwave let’s campers heat up a meal. In back of the store are the laundry facilities.
Washrooms and showers are bright and clean, although they’re a bit of a walk from some of the sites.
The outdoor pool is right next to the main building and is heated to a constant 82 degrees. There are plenty of lounge chairs for this visit, but in peak season, I expect they’re at a premium.
We won’t be spending any time on the trampoline, but if bouncing around on a tight piece of fabric is your thing, they’ve got you covered.
There are two playgrounds for the kids. One closer to the tent sites and one up by the pool. There’s a third playground at nearby Rankin Lake, along with a great beach and change house.
Back at the KOA, two dollars gets you a round of mini-golf on the 9-hole course. The final hole features the smallest cabin in the park.
The staff on duty are super friendly and helpful. They’re also very knowledgeable, having work KOA properties for many years. With most season campgrounds staffed by students, staff with real experience are a nice treat.